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English(es) in Post-Independence Namibia

An Investigation of Variety Status and Its Implications for English Language Teaching


Helene Steigertahl

This volume contributes to the fields of World Englishes, English Language Teaching and Second Language Acquisition, assessing the English(es) spoken in post-Independence Namibia beyond variety status. Based on questionnaires and corpus analysis, the author analyzes morphosyntactical structures, language use and attitudes towards English(es) in comparison to home languages. She gives new insights into the structure of spoken language and potential varieties of English in particular. Focus is put on a geographical area that only recently attracted increasing attention in the field of World Englishes. The author’s work can be regarded as an attempt to bridge several aspects of the frequently discussed «paradigm gap» between World Englishes and Second Language Acquisition studies.

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Table 2.1: Schneider’s Dynamic Model (Schneider 2007: 56; see also Edwards 2014: 16).

Table 3.1: Morphosyntactic Features of African English(es).

Table 4.1: Criteria for Namibia’s Official Language according to the UNIN Report (UNIN 1981: 37; Dirven & Pütz 2013: 341).

Table 5.1: Places of Residence of Questionnaire Participants.

Table 5.2: Age Distribution of Questionnaire Participants.

Table 5.3: Occupation of Questionnaire Participants.

Table 5.4: Sex of Questionnaire Participants.

Table 5.5: Places of Residence of Interviewees.

Table 5.6: Age Distribution of Interviewees.

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